We’ve had a beautifully warm spring this year which has been welcomed with open arms after a long freezing winter. Feeling the suns warmth on my skin has been heaven!
Unfortunately the British aren’t used to playing in such hot temperatures and so some game days have been pretty unbearable. I don’t know how you guys do it in pads and helmets when I’m sweating on the sideline in just light sports kit!
Staying cool on the sideline
Here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years to help keep players cool on the sideline-
- Ice cubes – Keep a cool box on the sideline and in the shade. Fill it with ice cubes that you can pop down your back or rub on your wrists or neck as required.
- Water – Staying hydrated is vital! Drinking before you feel you need it is the key to staying on top of things. You might also want to make your own sports drink prior to game day. You can find the recipe here.
- Water spray bottles – Another way to stay cool on the side-line when you’re in your kit. A light mist of cool water can be quite refreshing!
- Cool tea towels – Keep these in your cool box. Wring them out before use and pop them over your head (helmet off) or pop it around your neck.
- Find shade – Not every side line has shade, so why not ask your club to set up a gazebo so you have somewhere to cool-off in the warmer weather.
- Fruit – Keeping up your sugar levels on game days is important. Bring some simple sugars (oranges, bananas, apples) with you which can be quickly absorbed into the body for energy.
- Bring a cap – If you like to take your helmet off on the sideline then ensure you bring a cap with you to pop on between plays. It’ll save you getting burnt!
Last but not least, on these super hot days don’t forget your sun cream! As you’ll be sweating like crazy you will need to apply the sun cream more than once.
Boots used to sell a sweat-proof cream but this year I’ve been unable to find it. My alternative would be the Surfersskin Cream. I’ve used this for many years when Surfing and found it is both sweat-proof and waterproof. You can find it here.